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J&J Hit with $37 Million Talcum Powder Verdict

Johnson & Johnson suffered a trial laws on Thursday when a New Jersey jury awarded $37 million to a man who says he developed mesothelioma through his regular use of J&J talcum powder products.

About the Talcum Powder Lawsuit and Verdict

According to Reuters, the lawsuit was brought by New Jersey resident Stephen Lanzo. Lanzo says he had used J&J talc powder products since his birth in 1972, and regularly inhaled dust that was generated through the use of those products.

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that is associated with exposure to asbestos. The cancer affects the tissue that lines body cavities, most often around the lungs, though it can also affect tissue in the abdomen and other parts of the body.

J&J denied that their product caused Lanzo’s cancer and contends that Johnson’s Baby Powder does not contain asbestos nor other cancer-causing materials.

The verdict was brought against Johnson & Johnson and another company.

Thousands of Other Talcum Powder Lawsuit Pending

Currently, there are more than 6,610 plaintiffs in the U.S. with talc-related lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson. The vast majority of these lawsuits allege the company failed to warn women about the risk of developing ovarian cancer while using its talc-based products for feminine hygiene.

In five trials in Missouri involving ovarian cancer lawsuits, juries found J&J liable four times and awarded the plaintiffs a total of $307 million. In California, a jury awarded a now-deceased woman $417 million.

However, in October, a Missouri appellate court overturned the first verdict there, totaling $72 million, and a California judge tossed ou the $417 million verdict. Johnson & Johnson are working to reverse the other verdicts as well.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you believe you believe exposure to talcum powder has contributed to a serious injury or illness, contact Thomas J. Henry. Defective product lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation.

Tesla Recalls Model S Cars For Steering Issues

Tesla has issued recalls for their Model S sedans built before April 2016 after determining the steering bolts can corrode, potentially causing steering issues.

About the Tesla Steering Recall

According to Consumer Reports, Tesla has observed instances of excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts in colder climates. Tesla notes that vehicles areas in which calcium or magnesium road salts are frequently used are at higher risk of corrosion.

The automaker plans to replace the Model S power steering bolts, even in vehicles that are not currenly in “a highly corrosive environment.”

The recall is the larges ever issued by Tesla.

Tesla is also facing scrutiny for a fatal California crash which involved a Model X SUV running into a highway safety barrier near Mountain View.

Additional Details of the Tesla Steering Bolt Recall

The recall is limited to Model S sedans and does not affect the Model X SUV or the Model 3 sedan.

Repairs will be made free of cost to owners. Owners will be contacted to schedule repairs when parts are available in their region.

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Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are leaders in the area of product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division has extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively. We represent a multitude of people who are battling against manufacturers of defective vehicles and auto parts.

Your choice does matter. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because of a recalled vehicle or defective auto part, call Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

121,800 Mercedes-Benz Vehicles Recalled for Seatbelt Defect

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 121,800 vehicles due to a defect which can leave motorists without functioning seat-belts.

Details of the Mercedes-Benz Recalls

According to reports, the recall deals with faulty seat belt latch plates what insert into the buckles for the vehicles’ outboard rear seats. Complaints show that the latch plates can retract into interior paneling, preventing occupants from being able to use the seat belts.

The lack of a functioning seat belt can leave occupants at a significantly increased risk of injury or death in the event of a collision.

Mercedes-Benz will begin notifying owners of the defect beginning May 14. Dealers will install a buffer to the C-pillar paneling to resolve the defect. Repairs will be made at no cost to the owner.

Vehicles Included in the Mercedes-Benz Recall

The recall affects the following Mercedes-Benz vehicles:

  • 2016-2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic
  • 2016-2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC300
  • 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e 4Matic
  • 2017-2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC43
  • 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 4Matic

Contact an Experienced Seatbelt Defect Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty seatbelt, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If a seatbelt or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your seatbelt injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

 

Kidde Recalls 500,000 Smoke Detectors

Kidde has recalled half a million smoke detectors due to a manufacturing flaw that can hamper the devices’ ability to detect smoke.

About the Kidde Smoke Detector Recall

According to FOX 6 Now, the recall involves Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ioniazation) smoke alarms with model numbers PI2010 and PI9010.

Reports indicate a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors, hampering the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke. This creates a significant risk of consumers as they may not be alerted to a fire in their home.

About 452,000 of the defective smoke detectors were sold in the United States and another 40,000 were sold in Canada.

The recalled units were sold at Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart, and other department, home, and hardware stores nationwide. The products were also sold online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018.

Individual smoke detectors were sold for between $20 and $40.

Fire Safety Tips

In 2016 alone, house fires killed 2,735 people and injured an additional 10,750, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Following these tips can help decrease your risk of being involved or injured in a fire.

  1. Check Your Smoke Alarms – Be sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home. If you have not done so recently, check the smoke alarms’ batteries and make sure they are in working order.
  2. Review Your Fire Escape Route– While you should always practice regular reviews of your fire escape route, it takes special precedence in the winter. Make sure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency and ensure all windows and doors are in working order.
  3. If a Fire Does Occur, GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP – Do not try to gather items when evacuating and never re-enter a burning residence. Call 911 and report the fire as soon as you are safety evacuated.

Lawsuits Claim Recall Delays for Exploding Takata Airbags

Three class-action lawsuits allege several automakers, including General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Mercedes, knew of the dangers associated with defective Takata-brand airbags years before issuing recalls.

Takata Airbag Class-Action Lawsuits Center on Alarming Allegations

According to CNBC, the class-actions were filed Wednesday in the federal court of Miami. The lawsuits cite company documents obtained through previous Takata-related lawsuits. According to the plaintiffs, these documents show that automakers were informed of the airbag defects during tests but declined to take necessary action until years later.

Allegations against GM are among the most serious as documents show GM expressing concerns about the inflators as early as 2003.  In communications with Takata, GM expressed concerns about the “ballistic variability” of the Takata airbag inflators, citing a tendency for the inflators to underinflate or explode on impact.

2004 communications referenced a tendency for inflators to shoot flames when they ruptured, and 2008 cited “molten propellant.” In a response, a Takata employee admitted “we cannot get good results” with the model of inflators used in GM vehicles.

GM did not issue its first Takata-related recall until mid-2014, four years after Takata reported three exploding airbag inflators.

The allegations against GM are similar to those made during their ignition switch recall. That defect has since been linked to more than 100 deaths, was the subject of a congressional investigation, and resulted in General Motors establishing a victims’ compensation fund.

In the allegations against Volkswagen, plaintiffs contend that the automaker observed repeated quality issues with Takata airbags, going so far as to reject them after an audit. Still, no recall was issued until 2016. Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, also expressed concerns in 2003 and discontinued use of the airbags in 2004 – but again, not recalls until 2016.

Takata Airbags Linked to Multiple Deaths, Subject of Federal Inquiries

The Takata recalls deal with some 125 million vehicles worldwide that are equipped with faulty airbags that can explode on deployment, unleashing metal shrapnel into vehicle cabins. At least 42 million of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States.

So far, 22 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to the faulty airbag inflators, most of which have occurred in the U.S.

The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June, allowing it to sell its non-airbag inflator business to Key Safety Sytems, a unit of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp.

Earlier this month, U.S. Senators called for a congressional hearing dealing with the defective airbags and resulting recalls.

According to Senator Jerry Moran, the hearing would review the “current manufacturer recall completion rates, the Takata bankruptcy and transition to new ownership under Key Safety Systems, and what all stakeholders including NHTSA are doing to ensure this process continues to move forward.”

To date, less than half of affected vehicles have been repaired.

Last month, ford issued a “stop driving” warning to 35,000 Ford ranger and Mazda B-Series owners.

Contact an Experienced Airbag Recall Attorney

f you or a loved one have been injured by a defective and dangerous Takata airbag, call Thomas J. Henry today. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free legal consultation. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

4 Deaths Linked to Defective Hyundai-Kia Vehicles, Airbag Failures

Damaged car with passenger door open and view of deployed airbags

Federal regulators have announced a probe into defective Hyundai and Kia vehicles after discovering defective airbags equipped in the vehicles have resulted in four deaths.

Previous Recall Documents Failed to Disclose Injuries and Deaths

Last week, Hyundai filed documents with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalling 155,000 2011 Sonata vehicles for defective airbags. Hyundai said it was aware of four “incidents” involving the defect, but the recall documents made no mention of deaths or injuries.

However, in documents posted on NHTSA’s website on Saturday, the agency revealed that it had received reports of six front-end crashes involving the recalled vehicles, resulting in four deaths and six injuries.

Additionally, NHTSA announced that an estimated 425,000 vehicles could be affected by the defect, not just the 155,000 Sonatas recalled by Hyundai, and added 2012 and 2013 Kia Forte compacts to their probe. The airbag failures have been traced back to electrical circuit shorts in airbag control computers made by parts supplier ZF-TFW.

NHTSA says all six crashes it is currently investigating occurred between 2012 and 2017, with four of the crashes involving Sonatas and two involving Fortes. Hyundai has admitted that airbag control circuitry was damaged in three crashes while the fourth crash remains under investigation.

Hyundai and Kia Were Already Under Previous NHTSA Investigation

This is not the first time Hyundai and Kia have faced an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In May of last year, NHTSA opened probes to investigate whether Hyundai and Kia had acted quickly enough to recall more than 1.6 million cars and SUVs prone to engine stalls.

NHTSA noted that such a failure can drastically increase the risk of crash, posing a significant hazard to owners and other motorists.

That investigation is still pending, and the agency is also investigating whether the automakers followed safety reporting requirements.

Other Examples of Large Airbag Recalls

Over the past decade, there have been multiple widespread recalls on vehicles containing defective and dangerous airbags.

  • Takata Corp. (2013 – present) — Eleven deaths have been attributed to airbags manufactured by Takata, which are present in 42 million vehicles across 19 different brands
  • Fiat Chrysler (2016) — Several deaths and injuries were linked to a software defect, causing airbag deployment and seatbelt failure
  • GM Chevy Cruze (2014) — Thousands of vehicles were recalled due to a manufacturing flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in an accident
  • GM SUV (2014) — More than one million GM SUVs were recalled after faulty wiring could keep side airbags from deploying in the event of a collision

Contact an Experienced Airbag Defect Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty airbag, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If an airbag or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your airbag injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

Fiat-Chrysler Recalls 270,000 Trucks for Fuel Tank Separation

Fiat-Chrysler has issued a recall for 270,254 Ram 1500 pickups from the 2009-2012 model-years due to potential fuel tank separation which could result in an increased risk of crash.

About the Dodge Ram Pickup Recall

According to the Detroit News, the defect mainly affects trucks in cold-weather U.S. states and Canada where salt is used to clear snow from roadways.

The company says an investigation found that a bracket in the pickups can corrode and cause the gas tanks to sag and detach. A secondary structure will stop the tanks from falling from the trucks.

Fiat Chrysler is unaware of any crashes, fires, leaks, or injuries due to the problem.

Dealers will inspect the pickups and reinforce the bracket.

States Included in the Ram Pickup Recall

The vehicles in question are limited to 20 states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia

Vehicles sold in the District of Columbia are also covered by the recall.

Contact an Experienced Airbag Defect Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty airbag, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If an airbag or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your airbag injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

Handi-Craft Recalls Dr. Brown’s Lovey Pacifier & Teether Holders

Toddler smiling and teething on a toy

Handi-Craft has issued a recall for more than a half-million Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier and teether holders after determining the products pose a choking hazard to young children.

About the Dr. Brown’s Pacifier and Teether Holder Recall

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Handi-Craft has received at least 67 reports of ribbons on the products fraying, causing a snap at the end of the ribbons to detach. Once detached, the snap poses a choking hazard to infants and young children.

Currently, the recall affects 590,000 individual products. The recalled items were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, K-Mart, H-E-B, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Wal-Mart, and other retail stores nationwide. Products were also sold online through Amazon.com.

Recalled units were sold between August 2015 and March 2018 for about $10.

Consumer should take the recalled holders away from young children and contact andi-Crafts for further instruction on how to receive a replacement product or refund.

Description of the Recalled Pacifier and Teether Holders

The following information was provided by the CPSC:

  • The recall covers Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier and teether holders.
  • The holders were sold in eight styles: Giraffe, Zebra, Turtle, Reindeer (Special Holiday Edition), Frog (Special Holiday Edition), Spring Bunny (Special Holiday Edition), Deer, and Bunny.
  • Recalled holders will have the following lot codes:
    • RICH0615
    • RICH0715
    • RICH0815
    • RICH1215
    • RICH0516
    • RICH0616
    • RICH0716
    • RICH1116
    • RICH1016
    • RICH0916
    • RICH1216
    • RICH0317
    • RICH0417
    • RICH0517
    • RICH0617
    • RICH0717
    • RICH0817
    • RICH0917
  • Lot codes can be found printed on a tag attached to the holders.

Contact an Experienced Product Recall Attorney

If your child has suffered an injury due to a defective product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

 

Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Cars for Potential Detaching Steering Wheels

Defects during the steering wheel assembly process have triggered the recall of 1.38 million Ford and Lincoln cars in North America.

About the Ford and Lincoln Steering Wheel Recalls

According to USA Today, the recall deals with steering wheels that were not properly affix during the manufacturing process. According to Ford Motor officials, the vehicles have potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could result in steering wheels detaching from steering columns.

The automaker is aware of at least two accidents involving the defect, including one injury.

1.3 million of the defective vehicles were sold in the United States with about 62,000 were sold in Canada and 14,000 sold in Mexico.

Ford dealers will fix the cars at no cost to consumers.

Vehicle Models Covered in the Recall

The recall affects the following vehicles:

  • 2014-2017 Ford Fusions made at Ford’s Flat Rock, Mich. plant from Aug. 6, 2013, through Feb. 29, 2016
  • 2014-2018 Ford Fusions made at Ford’s Hermosillo, Mexico, plant from July 25, 2013, through March 5, 2018
  • 2014-2018 Lincoln MKZs made at the Hermosillo, Mexico, plant from July 25, 2013, through March 5, 2018

Contact an Experienced Airbag Defect Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty airbag, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If an airbag or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your airbag injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

Amazon Recalls 260,000 Portable Battery Chargers

Amazon has issued a recall for roughly 260,000 AmazonBasics portable battery chargers after determining the products pose potential fire and chemical burn hazards to consumers.

Details of the Amazon Battery Charger Recall

According to the Wall Street Journal, the battery in the power banks can overheat and ignite, resulting in fire and burn hazards.

Amazon has received 53 reports of power banks overheating, including one incident of chemical burns and four incidents of property damage.

Consumers should unplug the chargers and stop using them immediately. Purchasers may contact Amazon to inquire about returns and refunds; otherwise, Amazon will be contacting purchasers directly.

Product Included in the Amazon Portable Battery Charger Recall

The recall affects six versions of the AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery charges with the following product ID numbers:

  • B00LRK8EVO
  • B00LRK8HJ8
  • B00LRK8I7O
  • B00LRK8IV0
  • B00LRK8JDC
  • B00ZQ4JQAA

ID numbers can be found printed on the back of the products.

Affected units were sold through Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores, and Amazon Pop-Up Stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40.

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